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Chasing a childhood dream (pic)

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Published: 30 January 2009
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The icing on the cake for badminton ace Saina Nehwal was breaking into the world's top 10...

India's badminton ace Saina Nehwal has been in majestic form during the last six months. In August, she became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the quarterfinal of the Olympics. In the process, Saina notched up the best win of her career, against world number five Wang Chen.

The 18-year-old then kept the momentum going to pocket the Chinese Taipei Open, the National title back home, the Commonwealth Youth Games gold medal and the World Junior title before winning the prestigious Most Promising Player award from the Badminton World Federation in December. The icing on the cake for the Hyderabadi was breaking into the world’s top 10.

 

National campaign for Island (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 January 2009
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JERSEY badminton stars Elizabeth Cann and Mariana Agathangelou hope to dominate this weekend’s English National Championships in Manchester.

Those two are spearheading the campaign for a five-strong Jersey contingent, though former national champion Mark Constable again cannot be ruled out of challenging for the men’s singles title. Reigning champion Cann is keen to clinch her fourth national title, while Agathangelou has her sights set on women’s and mixed doubles finals.

Cann is again favourite to win the women’s singles, and opens her tournament at the second round – though she could face a tough test if she comes up against Hertfordshire’s England international Rachel Howard. Her resolve could also be tried by tournament second-seed Jill Pittard, who is eager to claim her first national title.

Cann said: ‘It is a high standard of competition, and if Jill and I both reach the final it will be a tough match. There are also a few up-and-comers who are playing quite well at the moment, so I will be really happy to retain the title - obviously I want to remain national champion for as long as possible.’

• Picture: Mark Constable will challenge for the men’s singles title

 
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Lee stretches World No 1 reign to five months

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 January 2009
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LEE Chong Wei completed his reign as the World No 1 for a fifth consecutive month when he remained at the top of the men's singles ranking released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) yesterday.

This is by far the longest reign as the World No 1 by any Malaysian singles or doubles and he is set to be at the top until the All England in March.

Chong Wei, who enjoys a healthy 14,459-point lead over World No 2 Lin Dan of China, needs to reach the semi-finals of the All England (Mar 3-8) and Swiss Open (on Mar 10-15) to continue his reign.

Meanwhile, women's doubles Wong Pei Tty-Chin Eei Hui maintained their position as the World No 2 behind Taiwan's Chen Wen Hsing-Chie Yu Chin.

The men's doubles ranking also remained unchanged where South Koreans Jung Jae Sung-Lee Yong Dae are the World No 1 while Malaysians Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong and Zakry Latif-Fairuzizuan Tazari are ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
Wong Mew Choo, despite her injury woes, is still the highest ranked Malaysian in the women's singles at No 12 while Julia Wong is 14th and Lydia Cheah 35th.

Julia has the opportunity to overtake Mew Choo after the All England and Swiss Open if the latter fails to recover from her injuries and misses the tournaments.
 
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Badminton stars aim to shine in championships

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 30 January 2009
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WEDNESDAY’S draw for this weekend’s Yonex Scottish National Championships features several Lanarkshire badminton stars in key matches.

The competition, which will be held at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth, could see Lanark’s Kenny Young come up against second seed Kieran Merrilees of Glasgow in the men’s singles semi-final if the draw unravels according to seeding, although former champion Gordon Thomson (Glasgow) may stand in Kenny’s way.

Rising star Kirsty Gilmour, the 15-year-old Bank of Scotland Under-17 champion from Bothwell, is expected to meet Glasgow’s Linda Sloan in the women’s singles semi-final.

Bellshill’s Andrew Bowman teams up with Edinburgh’s Jillie Cooper, the Bank of Scotland international women’s doubles champ, in the mixed doubles.

The second seeds will start with a second-round clash with Keith Turnbull from Larkhall and Kirsten Geals of Mauchline.

 

Taufik Quits Camp, Says Time to Go Own Way

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Published: 30 January 2009
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Taufik Hidayat isn’t done with badminton — he’s just done doing it Indonesia’s way.

After 12 years in the Indonesian Badminton Association, or PSBI, national training camp, the 27-year-old officially announced his withdrawal on Friday. Though he left the camp, he still plans to pursue a professional career.

“I’ll still play as an Indonesian player, though not under the national team banner anymore,” Taufik said at a press conference. “I will never play for another country.”

 

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